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How difficult is it to replace blade in Brother 1034D serger?
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Date: 8/2/10 9:59 AM

I've just purchased a Brother 1034D serger after spending about 5 hours in a useless attempt to replace the lower knife blade in my 11 year old Simplicity serger. The screw that held it in place just wouldn't unbudge. Granted, I'd never had to replace the blade in all the years I've had it, and chances are the blades in the Brother will probably not need replacing for several years either, but I was wondering if anyone's had to do it and how difficult is it?

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Date: 8/2/10 10:15 AM

HHmm...I have had mine for 1 month short of 5 years now and never replaced a blade - good question!

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Date: 8/2/10 10:49 AM

I had to replace the upper blade in mine shortly after I got it because I broke it when I cut a pin (actually the pin was fine, the top of the blade broke off and almost hit me in the eye). I found it very easy to remove both the upper and lower blade (I tried the lower blade because I wanted to see if it was also damaged; it wasn't). I would guess that if it's a little too tight, maybe some WD40 or just machine oil would help lubricate the threads of the screw.

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Date: 8/2/10 11:38 AM

Thanks for the advice. As for WD40, I actually poured what seemed like an entire can of the stuff on that Simplicity serger screw. It just wouldn't move. I imagine the motion of the knife over the many years generated heat enough to weld it in place. I still had my very first serger, a 1993 SergeMate, which I dragged out of the closet so I might finish my project. I tried to uncrew that lower knife too. Same thing. Wouldn't budge. So I just tossed them both in the trash! I had spent entirely too much time, not to mention brute force on what should've been a rather simple fix.

I guess the answer is to keep the Brother serger screws loose from the first day of ownership. I just don't want to go through this again.

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Date: 8/11/10 3:26 PM

If you can't replace it why not take it to a sewing repair shop? They must have tools with the torque needed to loosen stubborn screws. My thought is you might not want the screw loose, what if the screw or blade falls off or moves while you are serging, messing up your project or machine. If you are really throwing them (sergers) away, the next time can you offer it for free on freecycle or donate it?

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Date: 8/11/10 7:24 PM

I had absolutely no problem in changing mine. I ran over a pin accidentally. Per the recommendations I changed both the upper and lower at the same time. It took me all of about 2 minutes.

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Date: 8/11/10 8:24 PM

I too have had mine for at least 5+ years and have not had to change the blades. Something to consider when I have to.

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Date: 8/14/10 7:20 PM

In answer to why I didn't bring the "dull-bladed" sergers in for repairs, you should know that each of my previous sergers (10 and 15 years old) cost $200 when new. Unfortunately the last local sewing repair place around here closed about 10 years ago. I could drive 20 to 50 miles, but doesn't seem worth it. The last time I had a sewing machine machine repaired locally (and not ship it to the manufacturer for factory service), it cost me over $100 just to bring it in for assessment ... and the mechanic ended up breaking something that wasn't broken when I brought it to him.

I feel bad for dumping two otherwise working sergers on some landfill, but I couldn't bring myself to foist them on some unsuspecting soul who thought they might be getting a bargain.

Instead, I bought a Brother 1034D at Allbrands for $169. Frankly, compared to my others, this one sounds a lot noisier but it serges a whole lot better and it much easier to thread and adjust -- and I checked the screws that hold in the knives---better still, they turn just fine! Given my track record of not needing to change a blade for at least 10 years, I'm golden.

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Date: 8/14/10 7:37 PM

Makes Sense Ambimom. It is unreal how hard it is to recycle something like this in this day and age when we're figuring out filling landfills is not such a good thing. And, I have the same problem with our local sewing shop so you'd think I would have figured it out. Hope it didn't come off too bad, I guess I long for the day when you could fix anything. My Dad was good at that. Our shop told me they can't replace a part on my serger, it's an older huskylock that happens to have the exact same manual as the Brother 1034D. I'm pretty sure the part is available but I figured out how to use it (stitch finger release) even with the broken part. For what it's worth, sense you now have the Brother machine I Like the machine a lot so I'm keeping it for now and will keep my eye out for the part. Take care, Tori

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